Make stylish plywood furniture from 1979 book


13 Responses to “Make stylish plywood furniture from 1979 book”

  1. rawdiant says:

    If you search Amazon for “2×4 furniture” you’ll find a bunch of books about making cheap furniture out of ordinary 2x4s and other common, cheap wood. Surprisingly, many of the designs aren’t too awful.

  2. lewis stoole says:

    ewwwwww. nice find! i love these books from the 70′s involving nomadic furniture or low cost furniture projects. they always look futuristic and space-agey on some level. one of these days i will finally make a frank gehry cardboard chair if i ever finally strike up enough nerve to hit up ralphs for their cardboard pallet protectors that wind up for the recycle p/u.

  3. J France says:

    Novel, practical, transportable, low-cost… but stylish?

    I quite like it, but wouldn’t really describe it as such. I’d love to see more examples from the book, though.

  4. Ted8305 says:

    It takes 8 hours to screw some hinges, rope and fabric to 4 pieces of plywood?

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      That’s what I was thinking. This looks like an hour of work, tops. Unless procurement of materials is part of the project hours estimate and no power tools are allowed.

      Inflation calculators be damned, this project wouldn’t cost much more than the $26 it cost in 1979. Maybe $15 more if you go to a big box retailers and buy nothing on sale.

  5. MameDennis says:

    Wow, I just ran the project cost cited on the cover through an inflation calculator… $26 in 1979 is equivalent to about $82 today.

  6. DrOrbitalDeathRay says:

    You appear to be using the word “stylish” in a way that I’m not familiar with.

  7. ouno says:

    Are you suggesting this is not stylish, DrOrbitalDeathRay? That’s more or less a Brooklyn hipster on a totally chic bench that will never go out of style. It’s too weird to go out of style.

  8. ouno says:

    PS Here are lots more examples from the book:

  9. Trevel says:

    I find this article disappointing compared to that implied by the title.

  10. S2 says:

    Wonder if this was a borrowing ::er, adaptation:: of the 1978 book “Fast furniture: The Zegel system : a unique forgotten method of building simple, beautiful wooden furniture” by Jon Zegel. The intertubes are lacking a cover, and I’ve got no scanner at the house so can’t show you mine….apparently if you’re in Butte County, CA you can be the first to check out a copy from the local library. (Plenty of used copies available online, also.)

    Zegel cut tabs and slots in plywood, then slid everything together. I’ve used the method since…well, 1978, to make sturdy-yet-easily-collapsible bed platforms and chairs. (And what a rush, thinking back to the days when hi-qual plywood was affordable ;-)

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